Light Table

This is a few weeks old but still interesting. Chris Granger posts about “Light Table”, a new IDE concept.

There is a Kickstarter page for funding the concept.


“Sandbox” Host File Management Script

I guess I never posted about this when I originally made it. Mark Jaquith had made a nice little “localdev” script. It provides an easy to use command line interface for adding/removing host entries for development on localhost.

I forked it into a new tool called “sandbox”. It’s the same premise but it includes a few more useful additional features:

  • You can tell the tool which IP address to point to. Meaning it can be used for remote development as well as local development. (Example: sandbox add 12.345.678.999)
  • You can add a default address (instead of defaulting to so you don’t need to type out the address every time you add a new rule. (Example: sandbox destination 12.345.678.999; sandbox add; all future rules that don’t specify an IP in the add command will default to that)
  • Methods for clearing rules, viewing all rules, or viewing specific entries.

I find it much easier than manually editing my hosts file all the time. I can also type “sandbox off” and all the rules won’t be active anymore. “sandbox on” to turn them back on. It’s super useful for when you are done working at the end of the week and no longer want to load from your development site.

The source code is at Github and is open source – and like I mentioned it’s based off of Mark’s code. It’s also the first thing I’ve ever done in Ruby. It was also a fun learning experience using Ruby, Gem, Git, and Github. contains all of the commands.

You can also easily get going now with Ruby Gems:

gem install sandboxer

The tool has only been tested on OS X.

Let me know if you end up using this tool, if its useful to you, or if I can add anything else .

Students find Flashline Security Loophole at Kent State


I was under the impression that when I logged out of Flashline, I logged out of my email, So, I didn’t think I left it open. I’m usually pretty cautious about logging out of things.

As of Friday there was no reminder for students on the page after they log out that also prompts them to log out of Gmail and shut down the web browser.

And my favorite

I don’t think it’s as serious as it looks.

-The manager of Security and Access Management at Kent State.

Trying TripIt

I’ll be doing much more travel this year for both work and just for fun. I figured that I need some kind of way to organize my details so I gave TripIt a spin. TripIt is a trip planner where you can store all of your hotel / flight / itinerary information.

The email integration is what makes TripIt killer. Last night I booked a hotel for the conference I’m going to at the end of the month and all I needed to do to import it into TripIt was forward an email. It detected my trip dates, hotel information, etc. You can also import past emails automatically.

TripIt also has a few mobile apps. I installed the Android version for my Droid X  so now I’ll be able to stay organized while I’m out too.

On a related note: I’m speaking at eTech on January 31st about BuddyPress in education. More details soon!